‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: Natalie Holt (‘Loki’) will be the composer, making history in ‘Star Wars’
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‘Star Wars’ is a saga taken care of down to the smallest detail and music is one of the most important elements of its productions. Ever since John Williams provided the unforgettable scores for the original trilogy, the soundtracks of the galactic saga have drunk a lot from his work, but at the same time they have evolved into new terrain.
This is how we saw it (or rather, we heard it) for example in ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’, where the Oscar winner for ‘Black Panther’ Ludwig Goransson He provided an innovative score full of personality that earned him an Emmy two years in a row. And now, following in his footsteps, we have Natalie Holtcomposer of ‘Loki’, who has been announced as the one in charge of writing the music for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’the highly anticipated Disney+ miniseries that marks the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Obi-Wan and Darth Vader.
As usual, Holt has been working on the series under the strictest secrecy, but the secret is already out, as he has revealed in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair. And watch out, she arrives making history, because with her work in the fiction directed by Deborah Chow, she officially becomes the first woman to compose the music for a live-action project in the ‘Star Wars’ saga.
John Williams Returns to Compose Obi-Wan Theme
But as if that weren’t enough, Holt has fulfilled another dream in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: working with the master himself, John Williams. And it is that the emblematic musician returns to ‘Star Wars’ to settle an outstanding debt with the saga. As Holt explains in the interview, Williams’ first official foray into the ‘Star Wars’ universe on Disney+ comes from a thorn in the ground: not having composed a theme for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the only classic character (originally played by Alec Guinness) for whom he had not written a personal tune.
A) Yes, Williams has been in charge of contributing the main theme of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to accompany the Jedi Master on his new adventures. Holt describes the piece as a theme that “reflects and is entirely appropriate” for the saga, and adds: “It condenses the essence of the series in that perfect way that John Williams is capable of. It is melancholic, but it also has an element of hope. It’s something new and I think it’s going to impress people very much“.
On the experience of working with Williams, Holt says that “it has been glorious to work with my hero, and also to contribute my own voice to the series”. The composer has also explained that Williams’ work throughout the franchise set her guidelines, but that she at the same time has reinterpreted the music of ‘Star Wars’ with elements “new and fresh” that still can not reveal.
We’ll find out when ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ hits Disney+ next may 27th.